The two Tata cars are similarly priced but compete in different segments. If you are confused about which one to buy, the below comparison can help you out.
Since the exit of Bolt, Tata didn’t have a solid hatchback to pitch against popular premium cars such as Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno and VW Polo. Hence, Altroz entered in 2020. The car has been selling in high numbers and turned the fortunes for the company in this segment.
Continuing with the same streak, the company has recently launched yet another affordable offering in the compact SUV segment in the form of Punch. Both the cars have been aggressively priced not only in their respective segments but also created healthy competition among themselves. If you have decided to buy a Tata car and are confused between these two popular cars, this article is for you.
As clear in the comparison below, Altroz seems to be having an upper edge in terms of length, width, height and wheelbase. That also means it is more spacious than the Punch. However, being an SUV, the Punch is taller, has a higher ground clearance and also extra boot space compared to Altroz.
|Tata Punch||Tata Altroz|
The Punch is quite similar to its elder siblings Harrier and Safari in many aspects. And this is evident in its exterior profile with a flat bonnet, split-type headlights with projector cluster and LED daytime running lights at the top. The aggressive bumper design and tri-arrow shaped glossy black grille with a large air dam complete the front facia. The side profile is highlighted by massive wheel arches and 16-inch diamond-cut alloys, while the rear features circular LED tail lamps.
The Altroz, on the flip side, is a premium looking hatchback with a sleek shark-like grille, large swept-back projector-type headlamps marked by chrome and the fog lamps housing integrating the LED DRLs. The car features 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with the contrasting black roof enhancing the looks further. The car looks energetic from the rear, with a glossy black panel nicely connecting the taillights.
Interiors and Features
The cabin of Punch gives a youthful vibe featuring a dual-tone theme with a layered dashboard that is pleasing to look at. The spacious interiors with premium-looking tri-arrow designed upholstery look exciting. The car shares many features with the Altroz, including a freestanding 7-inch touchscreen unit, powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, climate control buttons, leather-wrapped steering & gear knob and a part-digital instrument cluster.
In terms of comfort and convenience, Punch is filled up to the brim with features, including electrically adjustable ORVMs, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, glove box cooling, fast USB charging, and iRA connected car tech suite.
The interiors of Altroz have been tastefully and intelligently designed with dual-tone grey & black or all-black theme, while the seats are adorned in premium leatherette. The vehicle shares all the comfort and convenience features of the Punch along with rear AC vents, Harman provided an 8-speakers sound system, rear-seat adjustable headrest, rear parcel tray, mood lighting and one-shot auto up and down driver-side.
Both Tata Punch and Altroz sits on the same ALFA platform, hence, they get 5-star Global NCAP safety ratings. The Tata duo gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mount, front and rear fog lamps, rear washer and wiper, and rear parking sensors with camera. Tata Altroz also gets a cornering function with front fog lamps and anti-glare IRVM.
Here things change a bit different. The Tata Punch is currently available with a sole petrol engine, but Altroz, on the other hand, can be selected between a variety of petrol and diesel engines. However, the downside with the Altroz is that no automatic transmission is available with any of its engines.
|Tata Punch||Tata Altroz|
|Engine||1.2L petrol||1.0L petrol/1.2L turbo petrol/1.5L turbo diesel|
|Transmission||5-speedMT/5-speed AMT||5-speed MT|
Pricing and Verdict
Tata Punch is available in the price range of Rs. 5.64 – 8.98 Lakh, while the Tata Altroz is priced in the bracket of Rs 5.99 – 9.69 Lakh (ex-showroom). There is not much difference in the pricing but it’s about your priority which does make a difference.
If you are looking for the latest compact SUV with all modern features and ready to compromise on the diesel engine option, then Tata Punch is the best buy. However, people looking for slightly more comfort and convenience, with more powerful turbo petrol and diesel engine and desire to opt for the manual transmission, then Altroz is the best choice.
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